With Love, from the Biggers

When I was eight what I wanted most for Christmas was a pair of skates. The park next to our yard had a skating rink. […]

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My favorite ornament

When I was in grade school I had a favorite ornament—it was a pink and gold angel encased in a clear plastic octagon box. Every […]

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David the Great

Chandigarh, India May 29, 1963 My brother David loves his birthday. When I was very young he would remind me, “I’m David the Great and […]

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Hannah Banana

Minneapolis, Minnesota circa 1965 Hannah and David were my constant and forever playmates. We played together so much we were given the nickname, “The Three […]

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Miriam goes away

Minneapolis, Minnesota circa 1966 When Miriam got married, the excitement of the wedding, never prepared me for what was to happen after the short church […]

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My Uncle Salim

  Our house in Minnesota had lots of visitors. Papa had nine brothers and sisters who had settled in America and one or more of […]

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A Grandfather I wish I had known better

St. Paul, Minnesota circa 1975 Papa’s father–my Dada (Dtha-Dtha) came to visit us from India. He was an amazing character and I could not take my eyes […]

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Mamaji’s Letters

Chandigarh, India circa 1960 A few years ago, I got a wonderful gift from one of Mamaji’s oldest friends, Gloria. She had saved a packet […]

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Happy Father’s Day

Punjab, India circa 1957 One of our favorite games was to watch Papa when he exercised. He would stand on his hands for long periods […]

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Fun and Games

Chandigarh, India circa 1958 Sometimes the only way my family is able to date our old family pictures, is by looking at who’s the baby […]

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